There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the art scene in Arkansas.
Whether you are new to the art scene and looking to fill some empty walls in your home or ready to take down the posters and prints and surround yourself with original art that you love, collecting can be fun. With some purposeful buying and planning, your purchases can turn into a meaningful collection and if you’re lucky, maybe even an investment.
Thinking about starting your own collection? The collectors and experts to whom we talked had these simple suggestions. 1. Buy what you love. Choose a work of art you’re passionate about and can live with for the rest of your life. 2. Buy the best quality you can afford in your price range and get the right price. Research what similar works sell for at auction or at past shows. 3. Buy original art. It is more rare than mass-produced prints and giclees.
Mark Gross Where I live: I live in a patio home in west Little Rock.
Rebecca Ward Where I live: My husband, Don, and I live in Canal Pointe. We have one goldfish named Recycle and several koi: Emmet, Igor, Franco, Elvis, Sam and Casper.
Jerusalem Greer Where I live: My husband, Nathan, and I live in the Park Hill area of North Little Rock with our children, Wylie, 11, and Miles, 7, plus an English sheepdog, Maizy, and a hedgehog named Potter.
Greg Hatcher Where I live: My wife, Lee, and I live on Pinnacle Valley Road west of Little Rock. We have five children: Kelsey, 22, Haley, 18, Larkin, 18, Layne, 13, and Mattie, 11, and several dogs including Dakota, Brownie, Lola and Roxie.
Jennifer Cox Coleman Where I live: My husband, Randy, and I decided to downsize and now live in a patio home in Hunters Green with our standard poodle, Walker.
Edwina Wilson Where I live: My husband, Jerry, and I live in Chenal Downs in a house we built three years ago.
Leslie Dickinson Where I live: My husband, Bart, and I live in the Villages of Wellington with our three sons: Blake, 8, Parker, 6, and Graham, 2, and a white British Labrador retriever named Bailey.